Okay so I’ve played a couple of casual matches with Krul and one ranked match. I used to play Krul as an early game powerhouse but there is so much ground to cover to the point where he feels like he’s literally just running around the map. And when he has no armor he’s so squishy to the point where doing a 2v1 invade against squishies is easier to do with Alpha rather than him. He’s a level 2 hero that doesn’t benefit much from the current 5v5 meta where everyone tends to stay at level 1. In my ranked match I wouldn’t have died much if my Ardan wasn’t trolling (saving Vanguard for who knows what). But when late game came and I had something along the lines of shiver, BP, and SH, I was practically able to frontline 3v1 and survive by sticking onto my opponent. The game would have been an easy win if it wasn’t for the Kensei going AFK, but whatever.
I built Shiversteel first and went with BP and SH. My plan was to go SS BP SH MJ Aegis and boots. Now I’m thinking that due to him being a very defensive hero in the early game (stay in bush and fight, basically waiting for the opponent) instead of invading.
I’m thinking of using him as a top laner that roams around the mid to top river trying to get his team ahead. And the lane would also give him a lot of gold. Perhaps light armor and book as starting items and then translate into t2 armor and buy shiversteel. He’s a really good hero that is able to secure kills and since no one buys PS anymore it’s even better (PS didn’t even work that well on me despite mortal wounds not getting any nerfs).
Thoughts about top lane Krul? He might be another supporter of the jungler goes top and invades enemy red.